Sons of the City: A Novel

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Sooner or later, every cop must decide whether getting the job done means crossing a line that could cost him his career, his freedom, and even his soul. And for those who patrol the streets of Philadelphia, that line sometimes seems all too easy to cross. When a street cop is killed in a rundown crack house, his indignant fellow cops predictably start rounding up every young black man in sight. Even after the cop's sergeant, Eddie North, discovers the Mafia may have been behind the murder, tension between the police and the black community continues to escalate.

Fueled by the surrounding discord, Eddie becomes obsessed with taking the mob boss down for good. And he's getting help from an unexpected source -- the slain cop's sister. Also a police officer, she is going undercover as the mob boss's lover to get the inside scoop on her brother's murder. But infiltrating the mob is no easy task, and Eddie watches in jealous alarm as she starts slipping precariously into the Mafia life.

As the city heads toward a racial conflagration and street cops go to war with the mob, Eddie discovers what can happen when people -- particularly cops -- try to create and inflict their own ideas of justice. With dead-on insight into the private world of the police force -- the unexpected, terrifying danger, as well as the comic moments -- Scott Flander takes the reader right onto the streets and reveals, in an unforgettable cityscape, the powerful forces that can tear apart the urban fabric.

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Scott Flander, a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, is the author of Sons of the City. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Karen.

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Philadelphia police sergeant Eddie North goes to war against a swarm of public evilsAdirty cops, Mafia hit squads, vigilantismAin this action-packed yet unengaging debut novel that falls into too many well-plowed ruts. Bitter over his recent transfer from an undercover unit to street patrol, North is swept into battle when one of his officers is shot to death outside a crack house in a black neighborhood. The killing is front-page news because the cop is the son of Police Commissioner Ben Ryder. Investigators begin questioning all black men in the area, a tactic that does not sit well with the African-American community. While racial tensions flare, North and other cops begin checking out rumors that Ryder's son was a dirty cop working for local mobster Mickey Bravelli. The dead cop's sister, Sgt. Michelle Ryder, decides to go undercover in an attempt to woo Bravelli into a romantic relationship in which he might tell what happened to her brother. North, meanwhile, digs deeper into Bravelli's operation, discovering that the mob's reach extends much further into the city fabric than he originally believedAall the way to the top of the police department. Aided by police officials, Bravelli's goal is to foment a race riot he hopes will ultimately lead to the destruction of his chief nemesis, the local Black Mafia. North spends the last part of the book dodging stock assassins in what becomes a predictable dance to the finale. Flander tries to pump emotion into the story with several subplotsANorth's romantic interest in Michelle Ryder and his relationship with another cop who's cracking under the strain of family strife. But it's all pretty stale by thenApolice officers whining about how no one understands them, stereotypical villains and a main character whose portrayal rarely goes deeper than his role as a cop. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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